After all my doom and gloom about the garden, I have to say it looks pretty smashing right now. Check out how high the corn is!
And the sunflowers!
The most unexpected success in the garden, one that really took us by surprise, is our plum tree. Much to our surprise we looked up and discovered it was covered in small ripe plums. And they are delicious! The juicy ones are sugar sweet.
and drippy, too!
After 6 years of planting fruit trees we are just thrilled that one finally not only didn’t die, but actually thrived and produced edible fruit! It’s very tall and slim and we will be pruning it in an attempt to make it grow wider. The kids also really got a kick out of picking the fruit.
The melon patch has gone absolutely wild. Squashes and melons really need lots of room to branch out and we pretty much crammed everything into one of the raised beds. The leaves are huge and we’ve started peeking underneath and discovering all sorts of things growing. Like this cute watermelon:
And there several wee to medium sized butternut squashes in the works:
The vines are spilling out onto the driveway, latching on to any weed or object in their path. Look at the little tendrils snaking around the basil and rosemary!
Finally a very unpleasant find in the garden on a tomato plant (and I’m not holding out hope that we’re going to get any tomatoes from these tall non flowering plants). This following picture is actually repulsive to me. I hate large quantities of small things, especially things like bugs or ants or seeds. Honestly the sight of this makes me want to throw up. But I had to take a picture and I think it’s a good one. Plus, what’s going on here? A giant caterpillar hatching little babies out of its skin? A zillion little things latched on to a caterpillar and killed it? I’m grossed out and can’t think about it anymore. If it makes you icky scroll quickly past and on to an amazing picture of Clark that Paul took.
ugh. How about something nicer? Like Clark leaping off the porch wearing wings that Paul made for him?
And just so she’s not under-represented, and because I think it is a good photograph, here’s one I took of Tabby:
I’ve been practicing my kid portrait type photography lately and I like the above one very much in terms of lighting and the blurred trees behind her and how crisp and clear she is. That’s all for now, post in the works on a very quickly completed sewing project!